TBBW 2018 Event – The Mega Drop at Hidden Springs Ale Works

HiddenSpringsOubOn Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m., Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) will dive headlong into Tampa Bay Beer Week with a massive bottle and can release aptly named The Mega Drop.

If you are going to kick off your Tampa Bay Beer Week, why not go all in?  That’s exactly what Hidden Springs Ale Works is doing with The Mega Drop, a super-sized beer release consisting of two offerings in bottles and five more in cans.  We have all the information you need to survive the Drop, so let’s break it all down:

The Basics

What – The Mega Drop
When – 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3
Where – Hidden Springs Ale Works | 1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida

The Beers


  • BlitzKriek – Flanders Red aged in Bourbon Barrels for 2 years with cherries
  • Oubliette – Sour Blonde aged in Sauvignon Blanc Barrels with passionfruit & blackberries


All available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans:

  • Drone Thugs -N- Harmony – Passionfruit & Hibiscus Berliner Weisse
  • Karma Shenanigans – IPA with Galaxy Hops
  • Kitten Kong – Milk Stout with Graham Crackers, Chocolate, Marshmallow & Coconut
  • Nefarious – Double IPA with Simcoe, Centennial & Citra Hops
  • Riot Juice – Blackberry, Lime, Lactose & Vanilla Berliner Weisse


In order to speed up the purchase process, attendees who wish to purchase bottles and/or cans will have to purchase tokens for $15 each.  One (1) token is good for one (1) bottle OR one (1) 4-pack of cans.  Tokens will be available for purchase at the garage door on Henderson at 11 a.m. on the day of the event.

Special Drafts

In addition to bottle & can releases, The Mega Drop will also feature the following special drafts pouring in the brewery’s Tasting Room:

  • BlitzKriek – Flanders Red aged in Bourbon Barrels for 2 years with cherries
  • Kitten Kong – Milk Stout with Graham Crackers, Chocolate, Marshmallow & Coconut
  • Nefarious – Double IPA with Simcoe, Centennial & Citra Hops
  • Oubliette – Sour Blonde aged in Sauvignon Blanc Barrels with passionfruit & blackberries

Draft beers will be pay as you go at the bar.  Note: The Tasting Room will be open during The Mega Drop, not before.

Other Info

  • Parking – You can park in the lot directly across the street from the brewery.  Parking is also available on Franklin & Henderson just beyond Tampa St.
  • The brewery asks that you please be cool to their neighbors
  • While in line, hug the wall to the left of the door on Henderson. This will keep the line from disturbing normal daily activity in the area

As you can tell from all the information listed above, The Mega Drop at Hidden Springs Ale Works is the perfect launch point for your Tampa Bay Beer Week experience.  All you have to do is be on time, remain patient and have a good time as you ease into the insanity with your beer peers.  Have fun out there, y’all.  Prost!



TBBW 2018 Event – Hangover Day 2018: Day of the Lagers at 7venth Sun Brewery

7venthSunBW7venth Sun Brewery (Tampa & Dunedin, Florida) has announced that it will be closing Tampa Bay Beer Week out in proper fashion by hosting Hangover Day 2018: Day of the Lagers on Sunday, March 11.

When Tampa Bay Beer Week attendees stumble out of bed on Sunday, March 11, the vast majority of them will most likely be nursing a substantial hangover picked up from the previous day’s shenanigans at Hunahpu’s Day and its ridiculous amount of after-parties.  Hair of the dog will certainly be required, and 7venth Sun Brewery will faithfully be there for the ailing masses by opening their doors at both locations for Hangover Day 2018: Day of the Lagers, an event that will feature lager and session beers from guest breweries from around the country (Tampa location only) and a “plethora of 7venth Sun beers of different styles and varieties.”  Since this event will take place at both 7venth Sun’s Tampa and Dunedin locations with a bit of variance between the two, we have a lot to go over.  Let’s break it all down:

The Basics

What – Hangover Day 2018: Day of the Lagers
When – Sunday, March 11 from noon to 10 p.m.
Where – 7venth Sun Brewery Tampa |6809 N Nebraska Ave | Tampa, Florida AND 7venth Sun Brewery Dunedin | 1012 E Broadway Ave | Dunedin, Florida

The Beer List

Guest Brewers (only available at 7venth Sun’s Tampa location)

7venth Sun Lagers

  • Brewers Lager
  • Big Trouble Biere de Garde
  • I’m Positively Loopy – IPL
  • Stange Beer Kolsch
  • 7 Minutes in Helles
  • Smells Like Baseball Lager

7venth Sun Wood & Barrel-aged Beers

  • Logjammin, Blackberry Currant Farmhouse Saison aged on Oak
  • Anyone’s Guess, Blend of 100% Brettanomyces Fermented Farmhouse Ale
  • Gin Barrel Aged Mangrove Double IPA
  • Bucket Full of Thoughts, Scotch Barrel Aged Rye Scotch Ale
  • Vultures from the Past Barleywine

Other Featured 7venth Sun Taps

  • The Klaw Imperial Stout
  • Sugar Britches Imperial Sweet Stout
  • First Date
  • Sakura Obscura
  • Barter Bait
  • Under the Lights
  • Foedre Harvest Grisette
  • You Show Me Yours
  • Just a Phase
  • Biere au Citron
  • Bank’s Closed
  • Saison Caribe

Other Fun Stuff


This event is open to the public at both locations and tickets are not required to attend.  This event will be pay as you go, and you should expect that there will be a token/ticket system in place to streamline the process for purchasing beers.

If any new details or changes surface, we will be sure to update you here with that info.  Otherwise, just make sure that you are responsible while having a great time during Tampa Bay Beer Week so that we are all able to raise a parting glass at 7venth Sun on March 11.  Prost!


TBBW 2018 Event: Cigar City Brewing’s Barrel-Aged Countdown to Hunahpu’s Day

unnamed (95)Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will be offering Tampa Bay Beer Week attendees a Barrel-Aged Countdown to Hunahpu’s Day 2018, a series of barrel-aged beer releases spanning from March 5 to March 8.

It pretty much goes without saying that Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Day has earned linchpin status when it comes to Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW).  Hunahpu’s, as a beer and a festival, draws an insane amount of beer enthusiasts to Tampa each year and has done amazing things for the local craft beer community in the process.

Some could argue that Cigar City Brewing really does not need to do much beyond this incredible event during TBBW, but the folks at the brewery certainly will not hear it.  They want to do more, and that is why they are introducing the Barrel-Aged Countdown to Hunahpu’s Day 2018.  This series of bottle releases will span most of TBBW and will consist of the following unique and incredibly complex barrel-aged beers:

  • Monday, March 5David Humphreys’ Barrel-aged American Barleywine, aged in Port Bourbon Barrels – $14.99 per 500ml bottle
  • Tuesday, March 6Barrel-aged Imperial Milk Stout, aged in Bourbon Barrels – $14.99 per 500ml bottle
  • Wednesday, March 7Madeira Barrel-aged American Barleywine – $14.99 per 500ml bottle
  • Thursday, March 8Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Natural Flavors (a.k.a. Mother of All Hunahpu’s Treatments); a Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout brewed with cacao, cinnamon, vanilla, chile peppers and maple – $14.99 per 500ml bottle

These limited release bottles will be available for purchase in Cigar City Brewing’s Tasting Room beginning at 11 a.m. on each beer’s respective release date.  Each beer will have a price tag of $14.99 each per 500ml bottle and there will be no bottle limits.

Fair Warning: Do not allow the lack of bottle limits to lull you into a false sense of security when it comes to getting your hands on the beers listed above.  These Barrel-Aged Countdown beers will be sought after and they will move quickly.  If you have your eye on one (or several) of these beers, just make sure that you turn up at the Tasting Room as close to 11 a.m. as possible on the day of release, be patient, and have a great time with the Cigar City crew and your fellow craft beer fans as you all countdown the days to another memorable Hunahpu’s Day.  Prost!


TBBW 2018 Event: Coppertail Brewing Co. to Host Nine Tampa Bay Beer Week Events

coppertaillogoCoppertail Brewing Co. (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will celebrate Tampa Bay Beer Week with nine events in ten days running from Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 11.

If you are looking for a Tampa Bay Beer Week base camp that can offer you a ridiculous amount of options over a ten-day period, you do not have to look much further than Coppertail Brewing Co.  Their list of unique and creative events is extensive, so let’s just go ahead break down all that Coppertail will be offering during Tampa Bay Beer Week:

  • Friday, March 2: Brew’s Banner Imperial IPA Release – Why wait until Beer Week begins? Coppertail will get a jump on the celebration with their un-official start to Beer Week by releasing Brew’s Banner when doors open at 11 am. Brew’s Banner, an American Imperial IPA (ABV 10%), will be on tap, and on sale in four packs in the tasting room only. There will be limited distribution of draft in taprooms across the state.
  • 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 3: Late Start Brewing Tap Takeover – It’s the official start of Tampa Bay Beer Week and Coppertail is hosting Late Start Brewing for a tap takeover. Late Start is one of Tampa’s up and coming breweries. Their soon-to-be open brewery will be located in Channelside at the Pour House bar.
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 4: Aardwolf Brewing Tap Takeover – Coppertail is hosting Aardwolf Brewing Company from Jacksonville for a tap takeover. Aardwolf’s beer will be featured on all six taps in the loft space.
  • 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, March 5: Walking Tree Brewery Tap Takeover – Coppertail is hosting Walking Tree Brewery from Vero Beach for a tap takeover. Walking Tree won Best Small Brewery and Best Beer in Florida at the Best Florida Beer Competition in 2017. Their beer will be featured on all six taps in the loft space.
  • 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7: 2nd Annual Wood Car Race & Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Tap Takeover – Coppertail’s 2nd annual Wood Car Race will bring out the scout in you. Buy a wood car-making kit in the taproom while they last for making a car to enter in the race. A limit of 30 cars will be able to enter the race.  Click here to see the rules of the road on Coppertail’s Facebook page. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The race will be held at 6 pm. Craft brewers from Richmond, Virginia, Hardywood Park, will be on hand with guest tap selections.
  • 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8: Coppertail’s VIP Beer Week Dinner with Sahtipaja – A limited number of tickets will be available for this special four-course dinner to be served in Coppertail’s upstairs loft. Food by the S&V Kitchen at Coppertail will be served with beer and mead pairings from Swedish guest brewery, Sahtipaja. Tickets will be $60 per person (click here to purchase) and will sell out quickly. Click here to see Coppertail’s Facebook page for the full menu and more details.
  • 6 p.m. on Friday, March 9: Half-Pipes with Half Acre and Pipeworks – This skateboard event benefits Coppertail’s Helping with Hops non-profit of the month, Boards for Bros. With the help of Skatepark of Tampa, a 16-foot half pipe will be set up in the front lot. Local pros will be on hand and there will be a best trick contest, cash prizes and giveaways. Friends from Chicago, Half Acre Beer Company and Pipeworks Brewing Co., are sending 12 kegs of their killer beer to put on tap during the event. This will be the first time you can taste their beer in Florida. No fee for spectators.
  • 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 10: Tampa Bay Beer Week Night of Metal –  Tickets are on sale now (click here to purchase) to hear four metal bands play on Coppertail’s back dock: Black Tusk, Royal Thunder, Leviathan Cross and Mutilated Grist. Five breweries are sending kegs for the event: TRVE Brewing Co. from Denver, CO; Phantom Carriage Brewery from Gardena, CA; Oxbow Brewing Company from Newcastle, ME; Angry Chair Brewing from Tampa; and Red Cypress Brewery from Winter Springs, FL. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11: Beer Week Wrap-up Brunch – A special Beer Week menu will be offered by the S&V Kitchen at Coppertail. Enjoy a coffee infused beer with your meal to celebrate another great Beer Week.

All of the events above will take place at Coppertail Brewing Co. | 2601 East 2nd Ave. | Tampa, Florida.  If any changes arise for the events above, we will do our best to update you with that info here.  You can also keep an eye on Coppertail’s Facebook page for more details, additions and changes to the events. 

From gourmet beer dinners to beer-fueled metal concerts, there is certainly something for everyone on the event list above.  Whether you pick and choose events or ambitiously plan to attend them all, just make sure that you plan accordingly, secure tickets in advance when needed, and just have a hell of a time with the Coppertail Brewing Co. crew during Tampa Bay Beer Week.  Prost!

TBBW 2018 Event: Reboog Mania at Garagiste Meadery

GaragistelogoFrom noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, Garagiste Meadery (1506 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida) will treat Tampa Bay Beer Week attendees to a special Reboog Mania event featuring the limited bottle release of Reboog Razz.

The folks at Garagiste Meadery are going all “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” on Tampa Bay Beer Week with Reboog Mania, an extraordinary tap event loaded with a series of fruited meads made with peanuts (a.k.a. goobers; “Goober” spelled backwards is “Reboog”).  Starting at noon on March 8, the meadery will have Reboog Blue, Reboog Fraise (Strawberry) and Reboog Razz on tap “along with some other favorites.”  No tickets are needed to attend Reboog Mania and this event is strictly pay as you go.

As an added bonus, Reboog Mania will also include the bottle release of Reboog Razz, a Raspberry Mead with Peanuts and Natural Flavors.  375ml bottles of Reboog Razz will go on sale at 2 p.m. on March 8 and will be $33 each.  Bottle sales are CASH ONLY.  Bottle limits will be determined at the event and will be based on turnout.

If you are looking to switch things up and get a mead fix during Tampa Bay Beer Week, Garagiste’s Reboog Mania needs to be on your itinerary for Thursday, March 8.  Just keep in mind that taps start flowing at noon, Reboog Razz bottles go on sale at 2 p.m., and the event ends promptly at 5 p.m. so Garagiste Meadery can prepare for a ticketed event that it is hosting later that evening.  You will have a five-hour window.  Take advantage of it.  Prost!

TBBW 2018 Event: Double Barrel-aged Scorched Earth Release at Brew Bus Brewing

brewbuslogoBrew Bus Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will be unloading both barrels on Tampa Bay Beer Week with the limited release of Double Barrel-aged Scorched Earth Russian Imperial Stout on Monday, March 5.

It is well known that you have to go big during Tampa Bay Beer Week, and the overachievers at Brew Bus are doing just that by releasing 16 oz. cans of a double barrel-aged treatment of their 12.5% ABV Scorched Earth.  Rocking a base of “roasted malt flavors with caramel and dark fruity undertones”, this Imperial Stout has been “aged in rye whiskey and rum barrels and then, in true communist fashion, blended together to create an army of esters and aromas unparalleled in weaker beers.”  Although this bad boy may be “big and bold”, the nuanced Double Barrel-aged Scorched Earth “boasts an arsenal of flavor that won’t leave your palette smoldering in ruins.”

Double Barrel-aged Scorched Earth Russian Imperial Stout will officially release at The Brew Bus Terminal & Brewery at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 5.  This Limited Release will be sold in 2-packs of 16 oz. cans for $20 (no limits have been set at this time).  As an added bonus, the Brew Bus brewing team “will be bartending this event and will be on hand to chat and answer questions” about Double Barrel-aged Scorched Earth and the brewery in general.  If you find yourself in the Seminole Heights area on Monday afternoon, be sure to swing by the brewery, get your hands on some Double Barrel-aged Scorched Earth, and raise a glass with the folks at Brew Bus in celebration of Tampa Bay Beer Week.  Prost!

Vital Information for Double Barrel-aged Scorched Earth Russian Imperial Stout from Brew Bus Brewing

Release – Taproom Release; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, March 5 
Style – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.5%
Treatment – Portions of Russian Imperial Stout aged separately in Rye Whiskey and Rum barrels, and then blended
Availability – 16 oz. cans
Event Location – Brew Bus Terminal & Brewery | 4101 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida

TBBW 2018 Event: Angry Chair Brewing Announces Beer Week Bottle Releases

AngryChairBAFionnAngry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hit Tampa Bay Beer Week 2018 with four days of bottle releases spanning from Monday, March 5 to Thursday, March 8.

The crew at Angry Chair Brewing is breaking out the big guns for Tampa Bay Beer Week and they will come in the form of four extremely limited, barrel-aged bottle releases: Barrel-Aged Fionn, Barrel-Aged Rocky Road, Double Barrel Popinski and Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout.  Each of these beers will have its own dedicated bottle release, and with that – like all Angry Chair happenings – comes with a lot to go over.  Let’s break it all down so that you are armed with all the information necessary to secure these brews.

Date, Time & Beer

  • Monday, March 5 at Noon: Barrel-Aged Fionn, an Imperial Hazelnut & Coffee Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels (10% ABV).  $30 per bottle
    UPDATE – Monday will also see the release of CLN LVN (a.k.a. Clean Living) – An Imperial Sweet Stout with Pistachio & Vaniila Beans brewed in collaboration with Late Start Brewing (10% ABV). $22 per bottle **UPDATE**
  • Tuesday, March 6 at Noon  (UPDATE 03.06.18 – Due to an early forming line that has disrupted daily activity in the neighborhood, Angry Chair moved this release up to just after 9 a.m. There WILL NOT be a release at Noon. The release has already taken place.) : Barrel-Aged Rocky Road, an Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao Nibs, Marshmallow & Walnuts aged in Bourbon Barrels (10% ABV).  $35 per bottle
  • Wednesday, March 7 at 9 a.m.**: Double Barrel Popinski, a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels & then Maple Rum Barrels (10% ABV).  $35 per bottle
  • Thursday, March 8 at 9 a.m.** (**UPDATE 03.08.18 – Yet again, due to an early forming line, the release was moved up so that the brewery could clear the crowd out of the neighborhood before it further impacted daily activity.  There WILL NOT be a release at 9 a.m.  The release has already taken place): Barrel Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout, an Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao Nibs, Coconut & Vanilla Beans aged in Bourbon Barrels (11% ABV). $35 per bottle

**UPDATE 03.06.18** Due to a massive line that formed incredibly early for Tuesday’s release, Angry Chair has moved the Wednesday and Thursday releases to 9 a.m. out of respect for their neighbors.  **UPDATE 03.06.18**

Useful Info for ALL Releases

  • All of the bottle releases above will be held at Angry Chair Brewing | 6401 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida
  • The bottle releases will be for BOTTLE SALES ONLY
  • Bottle limits will be set day of & will be determined by how many people are in line
  • Please bring CASH.  This expedites the process & keeps the line moving
  • If the brewery hits capacity, Angry Chair will have no choice but to adjust accordingly.  They will potentially have to move to the “one in, one out” scenario.
  • Angry Chair will open for normal hours after the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday releases.  The beer released that day will be put on tap when they open.  This does not apply to the Thursday release because the brewery will be hosting a private event later that day
  • Please be respectful of Angry Chair’s neighbors, staff & customers
  • DO NOT litter while in line
  • DO NOT block walkways or driveways while in line

Parking Info

  • Parking at Angry Chair is limited & the brewery asks that you respect the parking situation
  • DO NOT park on Fern
  • DO NOT park at Trip’s Diner
  • DO NOT park in the plaza that houses Rooster & the Till and Urban Bungalow
  • There is some street parking available throughout the neighborhoods (other than on Fern), but please be respectful of the people that live there by not blocking their driveways, mailboxes, sidewalks, etc.

If any more details surface before these releases, we will do our best to update you here with that information just as soon as we have it.  You can also follow Angry Chair’s Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Fair Warning: A massive crowd always seems to find its way to a bottle release at Angry Chair, and Tampa Bay Beer Week will most likely just add to that crowd’s numbers and increase the likelihood that these beers will sell out quickly.  With that in mind, if there is a beer or several beers on the list above that you are interested in, just make sure that you are on time, patient, respectful and have a good time.  Good luck out there, guys and gals.  Prost!

TBBW 2018 Event: Cycle Brewing Releases Details & Ticket Information for Barrel Aged Day 2018

cyclelogoOn Friday, March 9 from noon to 4 p.m., Cycle Brewing (St. Petersburg, Florida) will host its annual Barrel Aged Day beer festival at St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club (559 Mirror Lake Dr. North, St. Petersburg, Florida).

Cycle Brewing will be once again treating Tampa Bay Beer Week to an insane spread of barrel-aged goodness with its extremely popular Barrel Aged Day event.  There is quite a bit of information to cover when it comes to this beer festival and its procedures for securing tickets.  To ensure that we do not screw anything up or leave anything out, we are going break everything down so that the information is easy to read, navigate and locate.  Also, be sure to check back often because this post will be updated regularly with new information.

The Basics

What – Barrel Aged Day 2018 from Cycle Brewing
When – Friday, March 9; General Admission begins at noon, VIP entry at 11 a.m.
Where – St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club (559 Mirror Lake Dr. North, St. Petersburg, Florida)

The Beers

Just as the name would lead you to believe, Barrel Aged Day is a beer festival that showcases an incredible lineup of rare barrel-aged beers from Cycle Brewing.  The brewery is currently in the process of creating the tap list for Barrel Aged Day 2018.  You can rest assured knowing that we plan to post that list here just as soon as it is made public.  **UPDATE 03.09.18** As promised, here is the taplist:



Ticket Information

This is where things can get a bit tricky, so please read all the information provided below.


  • Barrel Aged Day 2018 tickets will be available for purchase at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 13 at Cycle Brewing (534 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Tickets are available in two tiers:
    – General Admission: $100 each
    – VIP: $125 each
  • General Admission tickets include “a Festival Only bottle, glass and pretty exclusive access to all of the Barrel Aged beers on tap in one of the nicest settings in the world of beer fests.”  VIP tickets include all of the above but also grant you early entry into the festival at 11 a.m.
  • Ticket Sales are Cash Only
  • Ticket Sales are limited to two (2) tickets per person
  • To be able to purchase tickets, you must be one of the two people attending the festival.
  • You will be required to present an ID at the time of purchase.  You and that ID will have to be present again at the festival so that you and your guest can gain entry into the festival.  “The tickets are basically receipts, your ID will be your ticket into the fest assuming you are on the list.”  This process is in place to cut down on ticket “mules” and ensure that locals who wish to attend Barrel Aged Day 2018 have a better chance to purchase tickets.
  • Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable
  • Expect the ticket line to move slowly “as Doug will be personally writing every name down, it is slow but it is extremely effective.”
  • There will be “zero tolerance for shenanigans” while in the ticket line. If you get into an altercation of any kind, you will be removed from the line and asked to leave.  If you are disrespectful to any neighboring business or their patrons, you will be removed from the line and asked to leave.  If you just remain patient and act like an adult, all will be fine.
  • If by some chance tickets do not sell out on Saturday, Cycle Brewing will announce plans for ticket sales on Sunday, January 14.  With that said, tickets are extremely limited and expected to sell out quickly.  **UPDATE 1.13.18** THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY SALES. TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT **UPDATE 1.13.18**

Ok . . . that covers all the details that are currently available.  More information will surface as we draw closer to Barrel Aged Day 2018, and we will update you with that info just as soon as we get our hands on it.  Stay tuned, and we hope you all land some tickets to this ridiculously awesome event.  Prost!

TBBW Event: Sun King Brewery Tap Takeover at The Ale and The Witch

alewitchlogoOn Friday, March 10 at 3 p.m., The Ale and The Witch (111 2nd Ave NE Saint Petersburg, Florida) will welcome Sun King Brewery (Indianapolis, Indiana) to Tampa Bay Beer Week by hosting a very special Tap Takeover event.

What began as a pipe dream shared between two men – Dave Colt and Clay Robinson – while spending “long hours brewing, scrubbing, and polishing . . . brewery equipment” at a previous brewing job, Sun King Brewery finally became a reality in 2009 when Colt and Robinson went all in and sold their first keg.  After just a few short years since that first sale, Sun King has established a strong reputation after earning several medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup, and the brewery is now recognized as the second-largest beer brewer in the state of Indiana.

Not normally available in the state of Florida, Sun King Brewery happens to be in town visiting for Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW), and The Ale and The Witch is more than happy to host this respected brewery for a rare Tap Takeover on March 10.  The following seven Sun King offerings will be pouring on draft during this event:

Featured Draft Beers from Sun King Brewery

  • Cherry Busey – A Flanders-style Oud Bruin Ale produced using a complex cocktail of wild yeasts and aged in a bevy of barrels. A multitude of Montmorency cherries were lovingly liberated to give the beer its tart cherry tang.  Cherry Busey was the winner of the Bronze Medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival® in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer Category.  ABV – 6.9%  IBUs – 23
  • Old Fashioned Elixir – This beer starts with a base of Velvet Fog Belgian Quad, a King Reserve Series offering that took the 2012 gold medal at the World Beer Cup, that is then aged in rye barrels with Balaton Cherries & orange peel for that classic cocktail creation. ABV – 11.6%
  • Osiris Pale Ale – An assertive West Coast-Style Pale with a distinct citrus hop punch.  ABV – 5.6%  IBUs – 50
  • Ring of Dingle – A rich and roasty Irish-Style Dry Stout with a clean, dry finish. The beer is named after a scenic road network in Ireland that starts and ends in the city of Dingle.  Ring of Dingle was the winner of the Silver Medal in the Classic Irish-Dry Stout Category at the 2012 World Beer Cup, and the winner of the Gold Medal in the Irish-Style Dry Stout category at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.  ABV – 4.6%  IBUs – 34
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders – A traditional Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin, Stupid Sex Flanders is fermented with wild yeasts, Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces, which impart tart cherry flavors to balance the beer’s malt sweetness.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 23
  • Sunlight Cream Ale – Celebrates American brewing tradition by balancing smooth malt complexity with a crisp, clean finish.  Sunlight was the winner of the Gold Medal in the Golden or Blonde Ale category at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival®, and the Silver Medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup in the Golden or Blonde Ale category.  ABV – 5.3%  IBUs – 20
  • Whip Fight – A bourbon barrel aged Wee Heavy in which rich toffee flavor takes a Burt Lancaster-sized twist with the addition of pecan and semi-sweet chocolate.  ABV – 10.6%  IBUs – 30

The beers above will begin pouring when The Ale and The Witch opens at 3 p.m. on March 10, and they will be available until the kegs run dry or the bar closes.  Since this is a pay as you go event, no tickets are needed to enjoy these delicious brews.  We must remind you that Sun King Brewery and their beers are not normally available in Florida, so these beers will not last long.  With that in mind, go ahead and make plans now to visit The Ale and The Witch on Friday to get in on what is sure to be one hell of a TBBW Tap Takeover with Sun King Brewery.  Prost!

TBBW: Bring on the Funk! A Celebration of American Wild Ales at Independent Bar

Indie_Welcome_1_400x400On Thursday, March 9 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa (5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida) will host Bring on the Funk!, a Tampa Bay Beer Week celebration of American Wild Ales featuring Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver, Colorado), Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) and Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas).

To make their mark on Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW), The Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa will Bring on the Funk! on March 9 by venturing into the amazing world of American Wild/Sour Ales.  Attendees of this event will experience a ridiculously awesome lineup of brews from three award-winning and incredibly respected brewers of Wild Ales: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Jester King Brewery and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Featured beers to be flowing at this event are as follows:

Featured Beers Pouring on Draft

  • Crooked Stave Petite Sour Blueberry
  • Crooked Stave L’Brett D’Apricot
  • Crooked Stave Persica
  • Crooked Stave St. Bretta
  • Jolly Pumpkin Gratzer
  • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja du Kriek

Featured Beers Pouring from Bottles

During this event, the Independent will be offering sample size pours of both the draft and bottled Wild Ales of the night.  As an added bonus, representatives from each brewery will be on hand to hang out, raise a glass, and talk to you about the beer in your hand.

In all honesty, you are going to be hard-pressed to find this many world-class Wild/Sour Ales pouring at one event again.  Take advantage of this open invitation (this event does not require a ticket), free up your calendar on Thursday, and head over to the Independent to take part in this can’t-miss TBBW event.  Prost!

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